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Critics verdict: Bheja Fry 2 lacks flavour

Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 17, 2011
First Published: 17:55 IST(17/6/2011) | Last Updated: 18:54 IST(17/6/2011)

While its first installment captured the imagination of viewers, Bheja Fry sequel failed to click for variety of reasons. Read on to know what movie critics have to say about the movie.

Says Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama, "It's a challenge for Sagar Ballary to make the sequel a far bigger sensation. Of course, the comparisons with the first part are inevitable. Regrettably, BHEJA FRY 2 doesn't really reach there for varied reasons. One, the substance is lacking. Two, the hilarity quotient is lower than expected. Three, ideally, BHEJA FRY 2 should've had loads of uproarious moments and witty one-liners, but barring a few individualistic sequences, it lacks the bite to keep you enthralled and entertained. Most importantly, you want the idiot to be more irksome, more exasperating, more dim-witted and more annoying this time. But he isn't. He doesn't take buffoonery to the next level. The kind of humor instilled in the narrative hardly evokes mirth."

The absence of Rajat Kapoor might be one of the factors which did not work for the film.

Writes Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India: "You do end up a few shades disappointed with the sequel, specially since the first part was such a scintillating act. The humour is laid back, the laughs are too few and far between and the tango between Vinay Pathak and Kay Kay Menon lacks the chemistry that crackled between Pathak and Rajat Kapoor in part one."

Also in the garb of intelligent humour, the film turns out to be quite brainless.

"While the makers would want to believe they have an intelligent product centring on bizarre and daft protagonists', it ironically lands their film being inadvertently resembling the very same people -- brainless bummers," Rediff writes.

The climax of the movie also fails to make an impact.

"How the story concludes is hardly a make-or-break factor, yet it does get disastrously Tom-and-Jerry-ish towards the end. But what actually tilts this film in favour of 'avoidable' is the fact that Bharat's stupidity seems forced and scripted. And although Kay Kay Menon puts up his magnificently mad face, his frustration and anger seem misplaced. Even Vinay Pathak delivers a mediocre performance, his timing is bang-on but it just doesn't add up to evoke more than a faint smile," writes Yahoo.

Performances
Taran Adarsh gives a lowdown on the performances of the Bheja Fry gang:

Vinay Pathak: Although he tries his best not to lose his uniquely crafted identity, it goes beyond his best efforts when he is drafted scenes like showing his radium-watch to a freaking Talwar.

More so, as it ends up in an overdose of Pathak's uniform zaniness, even his peculiar accent of over-stressing on punches, and of excitement surging in his voice surrenders to monotony. It falls horizontal lacking any kind of variations.

KK Menon: KK Menon's Ajit Talwar is a stressfully written character. A casually suited-up corporate, he is got a wife, girlfriends', darlings' and yet finds Minissha Lamba irresistible and comes to a sensual proximity only to be shown the door. Now, this guy might be an egocentric upscale personality, but he also is entirely unexciting and plain boring.

The otherwise proficient actor gets restricted with two-three expressions to display. He is mostly alarmed or frustrated, and mostly couriers his angst without any aggression. So less that it is polite.

Amol Gupte: Amol Gupte enacts a song-fixated Raghu Burman. He lives in a grounded tree-house armed with a gun like the one you see with a bank guard. The writers show immense laziness with him. He's got zero dimensions; he is hysterical, misses his mother and also his only love.

Suresh Menon: Suresh Menon as the actual investigating IT guy fills up for Ranveer Shorey's absence and there are many childish quarrels added between him and Bhushan over the North -- South culture divide. They call each other kutte ki tatti  (dog shit) and some other crap -- flavoured abuses.

Minissha Lamba: Minissha Lamba is more prominent in news-space for other reasons than she is in the movie. Reduced to an executive-type role, she appears adorable but speaks her lines with clenched teeth, as if secretly frowning at her producer. There's an attempt at a romantic inclination between Bumpkin Bhushan and Lady Lamba which ends up awkward and trivial.

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